• Encouragement
  • 8 Ways to Excite Kids about Writing This November

    Guest post by Kate Willis originally published on PerryElisabethDesign.com Contains affiliate links. For most of us, November means turkey, pumpkins, and coming winter; but for a small portion of the population it spells National Novel Writing Month (fondly shortened to NaNoWriMo). These certifiably artistic people commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Hats off to them! […]

  • Encouragement
  • What to Write?

    Most writers have a thousand ideas running through their minds. Add to that pile reader expectations. Popular topics. Hot-button issues. Rave eras. Novels, novellas, short stories, articles, anthologies, blog posts. Oh yeah, there are tons of things for a writer to write.   I’m near the end of my first-to-be-published novel (Lord willing), so this […]

  • Encouragement
  • A Writerly Round-Up

    This fine Friday, I wanted to share with you some fabulous resources and articles I ran across this week. Enjoy! 1. How to Keep Your Author’s Voice Consistent Across Genres by Victoria Minks This article pinpoints six things to consider when analyzing your author “voice” and then gives recommendations on how to carry that over […]

  • Mechanics
  • Zillow: It’s Not Just for Buying!

    Guest post by author EJ McCay I’m a visual person. I learn visually, think visually, and speak visually. Say wha? Speak visually? Someone asks me directions and I say, “Know where United is? Take a left there.” See? Visually. I think I’m a pretty decent writer. What I am not is an architect. I can’t do […]

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  • Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint

    Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

    (Affiliate link) Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card Vivid and memorable characters aren’t born: they have to be made   This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson […]